New literary magazine geared to teens

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

But with a small and dwindling market for teen prose and poetry, the students weren't seeing their work reach print.

To help turn the situation around, Trinoskey and the Thurber House partnered to publish "Flip the Page," a teen magazine made possible through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

"I think this will be their (teens') first foray into publishing and they can use that for their credentials," Trinoskey said. "We have been blown away by the amount of creativity and imagination and just solid writing we've seen."

Original works of fiction, non-fiction, poems, articles and artwork by central Ohio teens 13 to 19 must be submitted to the magazine by April 15. The magazine will be released this spring.

Trinoskey, a Bexley resident, said the magazine grew out of her experience volunteering for the Thurber House's teen programming, the Young Writer's Studio.

Wanting to support her students, Trinoskey applied and received a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

"It's a grant where the artist partners with an organization and they do a specific project in the community; and this really fit the bill," Trinoskey said.

As part of the grant, Trinoskey gave several free writing workshops around central Ohio.

"(The magazine) is a logical extension," said Pat Shannon, the Thurber House director of children's programming. "It gives an opportunity for the young writers see their work published.

"We wanted to inspire kids and reach out to areas of the community who might not have gotten word of what we are doing at Thurber House," she said.

Though the grant to publish the magazine is for only one issue, Trinoskey believes if the venture is successful she could secure funding for further issues.

"If we can find another source we will pursue it," she said.

Pieces for the magazine will be chosen from a committee that includes teen writers involved with Thurber House.

Ellen Waddell, a New Albany sophomore, is one of the teens on the selection committee.

"It's such a great opportunity; everyone's work is going to be appreciated," Waddell said. "I don't see any reason why not to do it."

Submission guidelines and registration forms can be downloaded at, or for more information, call Thurber House, 614-464-1032.